Forget about Tsukiji, try this place

Good morning everyone,

It's going to be a nice weekend with highs of 15C and sunny weather both days-although it may turn cloudy tomorrow. Monday and Tuesday are looking cloudy and next week will see slightly cooler weather with daytime highs around 12C or 13C.

If you wanted to get some sushi in Tokyo, odds are the first place you’d think to look is the Tsukiji Market. After all, it’s the largest seafood market in the world, and the neighborhood is the site of some truly delicious restaurants.

But what’s often overlooked is that Tsukiji isn’t the only fish market in Tokyo. Adachi Ward has one of its own, and the Adachi Market is actually the only wholesale center in Tokyo that deals exclusively in seafood and marine products (the Tsukiji market also has sections that sell other foodstuffs).

While the Adachi Market, located five minutes on foot from Senjuohashi Station, is a wholesale operation-so regular people can't enter, there’s a row of restaurants that anyone can dine in. If you roll up after noon, the action at the market will already be finished for the day, but each and every one of the restaurants will be filled with customers.

Step inside the restaurant named Tokudaya Shokudo and wait for a seat to open up. Looking over the menu, you may find yourself in a quandary, as the set meals with mixed sashimi, fried whitefish, teriyaki yellowtail, and stewed sea bass all tug at your heartstrings. The fact that they are all affordably priced between Y900 and Y1,000 doesn’t make it any easier to settle on just one.

Why not decide to splurge just a bit and go with the kaisen-don (mixed seafood bowl) for Y1,300. Now it's time to wait and then the food arrives and it's totally worth the wait.

While the bowl itself isn’t terribly big, it is stuffed with roughly a dozen kinds of seafood, including uni (sea urchin), ikura (salmon roe), red snapper, shrimp, and other shellfish.

By the way, the bowl’s toppings aren’t heaped tall like that because there’s a spire of cheap rice in the middle, but because they’re sitting atop a mouth-watering scoop of negi toro (minced tuna)

Not only does everything taste great, it is quite a bit cheaper than what we’d expect to pay at Tsukiji. Something of comparable size and quality would likely run Y2,000 or more at the more famous market.

▼ Miso soup with fish is also part of the set.

So while we’re still big Tsukiji fans, the next time we’re craving seafood, we might just end up heading to Adachi instead.

Restaurant information
Tokudaya Shokudo / 徳田屋食堂
Address: Tokyo-to, Adachi-ku, Senjuhashi-cho 50, Adachi-shi Kaijo
東京都足立区千住橋戸町50 足立市場内
Open 8 a.m.-2:50 p.m. (Monday-Thursday), 8 a.m.-3:40 p.m. (Friday-Saturday)

Or...here in Hiroshima, you can just go to Kappa-zushi, where everything is Y100...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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